question again

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre at
Wed Mar 25 02:15:46 UTC 2015

On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Raymond House <raymondh40 at> wrote:

> again: raymond at raymond-HP-Pavilion-TS-15-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo openvpn
> --config anonymizer_universal.ovpn
> [sudo] password for raymond:
> Sorry, try again.
> [sudo] password for raymond:
> Options error: In [CMD-LINE]:1: Error opening configuration file:
> anonymizer_universal.ovpn
> Use --help for more information.
> raymond at raymond-HP-Pavilion-TS-15-Notebook-PC:~$
You need to be in the right directory where that file is located, or pass
its full path to be able to use the command as it is.

Without wanting to open a can of worms, know that Anonymizer doesn't
necessarily mean much in terms of actual anonymity online. You're still
transferring data somewhere, the only difference being that part of your
data is encrypted between the two VPN endpoints (being, Anonymizer and your
house). Any data you transfer that is normally unencrypted (ie. not behind
SSL or whatever else), will still be unencrypted and readable by
Anonymizer. Any data you transfer that is encrypted has to go through their
servers, so it gives them a chance to intercept it, decrypt it, and read it.

What I'm getting at is this: do you trust this company? Do you know where
it is located, and can you sue them or make some kind of complaint should
your information be compromised?

If on the other hand you're concerned about your IP address and so your
actual location being recorded, most ISPs hand out changing IPs anyway
(within specific geographical regions). Furthermore, Anonymizer may be
required to give just as much information as any ISP to inquiring law
enforcement agencies, depending on what laws apply where they are located.

All this said, setting up a VPN is still a useful exercise, and certainly
has some pretty nifty uses like watching region-blocked web content (US
Netflix? :) Just be careful who you give your data to.

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre < at>
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